The School is an organization that researches urban improvement through interdisciplinary and intercultural experimentation and space-making. Maison Florida is hosted in a former VDAB learning space of 6000 m2 in Hasselt where The School conducts research into the needs of the arts.
The next 365 pages are an attempt to grasp the energy of the initiatives that took place in Maison Florida between October 2020 and October 2021. Some were enormous with more than hundred participating artists. Others were microscopically small and only visible for those who where there and took their time to appreciate it. Blink and you miss it. In year 2 the residents of Maison Florida were challenged to exhibit their work for the public, to cook for a hundred people, to perform for an audience, to communicate with others, to curate the artworks of others, to keep warm, to host an online festival, to reinvent dancing, to organise a research residency, to teach others their artistic skills, to create a community, to keep distance, to reconnect people and to support each other with all these challenges. Year 2 felt tremendous and magical at Maison Florida. While the world was going crazy, we learned a lot.
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